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Feral Hogs: Bad for Missouri

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Feral hogs, now established in more than 20 counties, are a growing concern for Missourians.

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light-colored feral hog scat among fall leaves and twigs

Feral Hot Scat: Figure A

Because of the diverse diet of feral hogs, their droppings vary greatly in shape and consistency.

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feral hog tracks in mud show round shape, blunted toes and wide dewclaw marks.

Front and Hind Feral Hog Tracks

Compared to narrower, more elongated deer tracks, these hog tracks show a rounded shape, blunt toes and wide dewclaw marks.

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mud-caked tree trunk is evidence of rubbing by feral hogs

Hog Rub

After wallowing, feral hogs rub on nearby trees, leaving mud and hair on the bark.

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hog tracks with dewclaw wider than hoof base in mud

Hog Tracks in Mud

Feral hog tracks are more rounded than deer tracks. Note the dewclaw mark, lower left. When visible in tracks, hog dewclaws typically register wider than the hoof. Both dewclaws may not register, depending on the soil type and animal movement.

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muddy wallows created by feral hogs in a forest

Hog Wallows

Because they lack sweat glands, hogs cool themselves by wallowing in the mud of seeps, springs, ponds and streams. Here they leave their tracks and the imprint of their coarse hair in the mud. Both rooting and wallowing are incredibly destructive to native plant communities and landscaped areas, such as parks and golf courses.

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Lawn trampled and uprooted by feral hogs

Hog-Damaged Lawn

Feral hogs can cause damage to rural pastures and urban landscapes alike.

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MDC feral hog removal efforts making progress on public lands

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Call MDC if you see feral hogs and call OGT if you see someone transporting or releasing them.

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News and Almanac

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"News and Almanac" for the May 1999 Missouri Conservationist.

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News and Almanac

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"News and Almanac" for the October 2001 Missouri Conservationist.

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